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44 Para Brigade, 562 independent parachute squadron RCT (TA) (REME)

Hi,

This 59 pattern Denison has a distinctive almost desert like camouflage print, possibly designed with Middle Eastern operations in mind.



This particular smock was worn by a REME Major, part of the REME workshop attached to 562 independent parachute squadron RCT (TA).  The rank slides appear to be artisan produced possibly in India or the Middle East.



In 1956 the 16th Airborne Division (TA) was reduced to a single brigade group called the 44th Independent Parachute Brigade Group (TA).





562 Independent Parachute Squadron, RCT (Volunteers) was formed on 1 April 1967 as a successor unit to the old 562 Para Sqn RCT (TA).



The unit's role was to provide transport support to the Territorial Army's 44 Parachute Brigade (V). When this Brigade was disbanded in March 1978, 562 Parachute Squadron RCT (Volunteers) was redesignated 562 Squadron RCT (Volunteers) and taken under the command of 151 (Greater London) Transport Regiment RCT (Volunteers).



With the loss of the parachuting role and the coveted "Red Beret", significant numbers of the unit transferred to other TA units that still retained a parachute role.



Manufactured by Cookson & Clegg dated 1968.  You'll notice the Denison smock label has started to change now to 'Smock Camouflage' but interestingly is still '1959 Pattern'.  The 'Denison' reference has now completely disappeared and until the end of their production they were labelled simply 'Smock Camouflage'. 



I really do like this pattern Denison, it is the same print as the Col. H Jones VC smock featured in another of my threads.  I hope you enjoyed looking.


Brgds,
Tug  ;) 
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That's a fine example of a not often encountered type Tug. Having its insignia still attached is a real bonus!
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Probably my fave shade of denison camo.  Great to see an example with a known history Tug, thanks.
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Really nice.

Never tire of seeing the smocks
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These uniforms are just stunning..

I really enjoyed seeing some of the para smocks at the Pegasus Bridge museum in Normandy..

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  I used to have one of these as a kid of about 14 and I loved to wear it everywhere. I remember my Dad thinking I was a nut for wearing "that thing" as he called it. Although mine was quite beaten up and nowhere near as nice as this example.    Scott
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These uniforms are just stunning..

I really enjoyed seeing some of the para smocks at the Pegasus Bridge museum in Normandy..

Smitty
Haven't been over there since they moved the bridge to the new location, last time I saw Pegasus Bridge it was in the grounds of an old warehouse or something similar.  A lot of the items are on loan from Airborne Assault, will have to get back over there at some point. 

Sorry, I missed the responses...........haven't checked in for a while!  ::)

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A shame to see yet another thread with all it's pictures now gone, a fecking waste of space if you ask me.
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A shame to see yet another thread with all it's pictures now gone, a fecking waste of space if you ask me.
No idea whats happened, all the photographs have gone.   :-\
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this sadly seems to have happened to all of your threads I recently looked at.

No idea why but a real shame
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Jerry BB.

 

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